5 Tips for a Thoughtful Thank You Note

Many people underestimate the power of a handwritten note and it is a novelty I fear our society is losing. Isn’t it always the handwritten notes that mean the most? No one plans to go through their gmail account for a trip down memory lane but cards and notes from our loved ones always end up in a special box or place in our home.

If you don’t already have a go-to stationary, TJ Maxx has a range of cute stationary that can give you that champagne taste on a…well..cheaper champagne budget.

If I’m not using my stationary, I like to add a little flair of my own by using my Martha Stewart glue pen and glitter…and this is coming from someone who most of their crafts can be categorized as “Pinterest fails.” I swear it’s easy!

Here are a few tips for a stellar thank you note:

1. Personalize it. Make sure to compose a note that doesn’t sound like a fill-in-the-blank. Maintain the same tone you would use if you were in person.

2. Be prompt. Make sure to get thank you notes out shortly after the event or gift is given. Even if you are late, a thank you note is better late than never.

3. Thank you notes don’t just have to be for gifts. If you had a get together with some girlfriends or friends had you over for a party- send a note! Don’t assume an in person thank you is enough.

4. Don’t refer to specific amounts of money. Those thank yous are always the hardest but all you need to say is “thank you for your generosity.”

5. Don’t rush. Scribbling down chicken scratch to get a thank you note in the mail almost cancels out the thoughtfulness of the note in the first place. It doesn’t have to be long so take your time.

Cheers to you and the weekend!


  1. Uncle Mickey
    August 23, 2014 / 10:10 pm

    This entry really strikes home! I think I’ve saved every Thank You note you’ve ever sent me. You’re the most considerate and polite niece a guy could ever hope to have and I love you.

    Oh, and you’re my favorite…;-)

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